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Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Movie Review - That Darn Cat

This week's reader's request movie review is from Camie's Kitties! They wanted me to review Disney's "That Darn Cat." Thanks, guys! This is a totally PAWSOME movie!


That Darn Cat (1965)
Directed By: Robert Stevenson
Written By: Gordon Gordon
Mildred Gordon

It takes a Siamese secret agent to unravel the PURR-fect crime!


The star of this movie is an apple-head Siamese named D.C. - short for "Darn Cat," which was given to him by the dadbean of the house. The parent beans are gone on a long vacation, just leaving D.C. in charge of the two girlbeans - Patti (Hayley Mills) and Ingrid (Dorothy Provine). D.C. is a fearless explorer and hunter, and nightly goes out to raid neighboring homes and fish markets for yummy goodies. One night while he is out on his nightly patrol, he follows a man to an apartment in order to steal the fresh fish he has just bought - only to find out that he has stumbled upon two bank robbers and their kidnapped hostage! The hostage is a brave lady who works as a teller at the bank the two men robbed. She gives D.C. skritches and then scratches a message on the back of her watch, placing it around D.C.'s neck. She just knows that D.C. is a smart and brave mancat, and that he will bring her help!

D.C. leaves the apartment and returns home. Luckily, Patti is wise in the ways of kitties and notices straight away that D.C.'s collar has been replaced by a lady's watch. Taking it off, she also notices that a message was scratched on the back . . . it looks like someone was trying to write "Help." (Patti is one smart girlbean!) Her sister Ingrid tells her she is imagining things, but Patti puts the news report of the kidnapped teller together with D.C.'s watch, and she just knows that D.C. is the clue to finding the bank robbers and the nice lady! Patti decides to take the matter to the FBI, and luckily they are desperate enough to believe that D.C. may be a lead. Agent Zeke Kelso (Dean Jones) is sent to monitor D.C. in an effort to follow him back to the robbers. As you would imagine, it is super hard for clumsy beans to trail a smart and limber kitty! To top it off, Zeke is allergic to kitties. You can just tell by the look in D.C.'s eyes that he knows this and takes delight in Zeke's constant sneezing.

Will D.C. lead the FBI to the bad men? Can D.C. save the nice ladybean? WILL D.C. EVER GET A FRESH FISHIE?!?!

I give this movie two paws up and a happy chirp. Not only does it star a handsome meezer, but it also is full of comedy, adventure, and suspense! D.C. is a brave and cunning mancat, and serves as a wonderful inspiration to mancats everywhere. D.C. is proof that we kitties can accomplish anything!

29 meows:

DEBRA said...

This movie was on TV this week and we watched it! Thanks for the great review...

Purrs
Abby

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

This is my Meowmy's FAVORITE movie from when she was a little girl. She loves loves loves it still!!!

Latte

Sweets the Cat said...

What a good review! That D.C. is a mancat to aspire to!

Kelly Cat said...

The original is better than the remake... but isn't that almost always the case?

BTW, I saw on the St. Louis Meezers blog a comment from you that you might want a better camera. My human recommends this one.

It's very good taking stills and little videos. Examples of both are at 'It's all Good.'

Alasandra said...

We would love to hang out with the Tortie Twins this weekend. ~Scylla & Charybdis

Cat Street Boyz said...

This is a great cat lovers movie for sure! Mommy also loves, "The Cat From Outer Space!=^Y^=Ty

PB & J said...

Mommy loves that movie - great review Tybalt!

Samantha & Tigger said...

Oh Tybalt, you make every Movie sound fantastic!! Wanna come over and play lizards with me and bring the movie so we can watch it after the lizard goes outside!
Missing you bunches,
Sammie-Pie

Tenny said...

It takes a Symeeze to solve a crime? Harrumph. I fink I'm offendid.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

we love love love this movie! mommy has it on VHS and wants to get it on DVD. maybe i'll do that for her birthday.

Lux said...

I must say, this sounds like a fun movie!

Daisy said...

My Mommie saw that movie when she was little! I think she should see it again.

Veronica (& Fig) said...

hello tybalt! I like your review and also your tips to show kitty love. I do some of them.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That was one of my human's favorites. She loved Halley Mills! And she was sorry that they tried to remake That Darn Cat and did not even use a Siamese! Imagine.

The Gordons show wrote the Original series of three books featuring DC (and no Disney niceness--he reallyw as the Big D and not Darn Cat Randall!) and those were wonderful and DC WAS a Siamese!!!!

Camie's Kitties said...

That is one of our favorite movies. Thank you for doing the review for us. We haven't been posting because we don't have the internet at home yet. It's very frustrating. But we are getting settled in.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Hi Holly and Ivy,

I have accepted my new house, and have been eating temptations again from Mom's hand. She wasn't trying to poison me after all. I still won't look at her. I'll have to tell you about my adventures when we get our internet working again.

Cody

Renna the Princess Puppy said...

Hehehe That looks so funny! Mommy says it is and she loves it!

Dana lets play I got some new toys!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh, we love dat movie! It's one of da few we will watch besides our cartoons.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh, we love dat movie! It's one of da few we will watch besides our cartoons.

Karl & Ruis said...

Why do we NEVER have seen that movie? Staff??

Thank you, Tybalt for this movie review!! We seriously have to talk with our staff soon...

Headbutts,
Karl & Ruis

Cat Street Boyz said...

Guess what Tybalt, Mommy had to go out to BJ's and there it was, "That Darn Cat" so she bought it! Movie time!!!!!=^Y^=Ty

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Hi Tybalt! When our Momma was a little girl, she had a stuffed D.C. that she absolutely loved! That was WAY before she ever had any inkling that she would actually live with 3 real live meezers ... hee hee! Your movie review choice brought back great memories for her!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Felix, Garfield & Jawsy said...

Aw shucks, we don't tink we can get this movie here... But we gonna get mommie to search for it cos we need to remind her that cats are the smartest! heh heh

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Great review, Tybalt! Our mom says that is a good movie. We will have to get her to watch it with us.

Parker said...

We love that movie!

Anita said...

Muahahahahaha! Fantastic cat!

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

That was a great review. You made mommy giggle several times, too.

JB's Big World said...

Hey Bro! Finally my mom has seen one of your movies that you are reviewing. She loved this movie a lot....of course because it had a cat in it! Great review!
--JB

Kavan said...

I can't believe we haven't seen this movie!! We are working on mom right now...

Kavan

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a great movie review, Tybalt. Jan remembers watching that movie but at her age, she couldn't remember what it was about.

purrs and tail wags